She Who Knows

December 14, 2015

I love a good profile shot;  Cecil Beaton’s photographs of Audrey Hepburn and Barbara Streisand are two of my favourites. But the prize for most stunning profile goes to Jacqueline de Ribes.  In the mid 50s, Diana Vreeland, then editor of Harper’s Bazaar, asked the French aristocrat, socialite and couture muse to be photographed by Richard Avedon. De Ribes agreed, and this is the iconic image that came out of the shoot. Avedon described her as having the “perfect nose” and added, “I feel sorry for near-beauties with small noses.”



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